Scientology May Pick Tom's Next Galpal

Meet Yolanda Pecoraro

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 18, 2012 10:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Church of Scientology just gets creepier and creepier: Now insiders tell the National Enquirer that Scientology bigwigs will probably choose Tom Cruise's next lady friend, Radar reports. "Tom's next marriage will be inside the church," says one expert. The main contender is Yolanda Pecoraro, 27, whom Radar refers to as a "Latin beauty." A former Scientologist calls her a "Scientology princess," noting that she was raised in the church, and rumor has it she even dated Tom back in 2004—there's at least one photo of them together (with the Beckhams, no less), and Cruise supposedly paid for Pecoraro to attend Scientology courses at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre.

She currently lives with a boyfriend, but that's no obstacle for the church—an insider says it will do anything to "stabilize the situation quickly," showing that "Tom has rebounded fast and … his new wife is beautiful and steeped in Scientology." More on the Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce:

  • Cruise finally saw daughter Suri yesterday in New York, but didn't see Holmes, TMZ reports. Click to see video of the father and daughter, who hadn't seen each other in a month.
  • A longtime friend tells People Cruise is "sad" but not "bitter" about the divorce. Another source says that when Holmes filed for divorce, he "was thinking, 'What did I not see?'"
  • A young Holmes used to pray for Cruise every day, and had pictures of him hidden in her textbooks, a former classmate tells Celebuzz. "In religion class, when we were about 16, we would have to say prayers to keep a certain someone safe and out of harm," she says. "Katie would say it for Tom Cruise. We did that every day, so she would have said thousands of prayers for him." Click for more, including never-before-published photos of a teenage Holmes.

This July 17, 2012 photo shows actor Tom Cruise and daughter Suri Cruise leaving Chelsea Piers in New York.
This July 17, 2012 photo shows actor Tom Cruise and daughter Suri Cruise leaving Chelsea Piers in New York.   (AP Photo/ Donald Traill)
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